Full Tanka Day One

Ben Huberman at the WordPress Daily Post says,

What’s better than a perfect bite? Two perfect bites.

If haiku is the sashimi of poetry, tanka is its heartier hand roll cousin.

Traditional tanka contain five lines instead of haiku’s three, and 31 syllables instead of 17. The structure is that of a haiku followed by two additional lines of seven syllables each: 5-7-5-7-7. (Many contemporary poets take liberties with the specifics, and you can, too.)

So as I post a haiku or a tanka (if I’m not too lazy) every Thursday, I thought I’d have a try at a whole weeks worth for the Weekly Writing Challenge.
I plan to use a season of flowers as my theme, one for each month from March to September.
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White magnolia

chic supermodel of spring

delicate petals

such effortless elegance

gracing gardens of England

 

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/full-tanka/

 

Lazy Poets Thursday Tanka

wateryleaves
Spent Beauty

Flaming acer leaves
now that summer is over
last bright offering
season sends you tumbling
trickling over the fall

This week Celestine Nudanu has joined me and has created a wonderful tanka based on my photo, visit her and have a look. http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/a-tanka-autumn/ Join in too if you feel like it!

Lazy Poets Thursday Tanka

My Dartmoor series continues with some contented locals.

Sheep

 Shelter beside rocks

grazing in peace without fear

Scotch black-faced ram sheep

shaggy fleece hangs soft and pale

soon they’ll fetch you for the shear.

The lazy poet is as much about words as photography, hence the image is small. You can click to see a larger version if you want. 🙂